In addition to the above, if you’re applying for any Youth Football Funding (other than for the purpose of meeting the requirements outlined below), you must also be able to evidence:
Appropriate Safeguarding Children policies, procedures and background checks (e.g., DBS Checks in UK) that are compliant with local laws and regulations where the project or initiative will be delivered
The following projects will not be funded
Costs associated with hosting events and / or competitions in which the majority of participants are already existing and engaged players
Costs associated with hosting or participating in any non-playing social events or functions
Travel, accommodation and / or competition entry fees, including international competitions
Equipment (e.g. video cameras) or facility hire that cannot be directly related to playing or organising football activities
Footballs for existing Members or Clubs
Grant Application Window Opens – 22 December 2023
Panel Evaluations Commence – 19 February 2024 (ongoing monthly as required)
Grant Application Window Closes – 30 June 2024
All complete applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be evaluated and assessed by the AFL Europe Commission. It is at their absolute discretion how to allocate funds and if an application will receive full, partial, provisional or no funding. It is important to note that meeting the eligibility criteria does not automatically guarantee that your application will receive any funding.
Applicants will receive formal notification on the progress of their application once it has been evaluated only.
All applications must:
Meet at least one of the applicable criteria outlined by AFL Europe
Clearly define the objectives and outcomes that the funding will be used to achieve
Be sustainable, with a clear plan for how the applicant will continue to implement a program or initiative beyond the initial funding period
Include a detailed budget, including quotes and any additional financial commitments that will be made by the applicant or external funding sources in addition to any grant funding
Demonstrate the capacity of the applicant to effectively manage the project or initiative and achieve the desired outcomes
Highlight how the project or initiative will have a positive impact on the wider community or the development of Australian Rules football in the region
All grant applications are to be submitted online before the deadline listed above. Late submissions will not be assessed
Incomplete applications that do not provide the required level of information will not be assessed
Applications will be accepted from Member or Club Presidents, Vice-Presidents or Treasurers only
Please note that only one application will be considered per Member or Club
Applicants will have 11 months to use the funds as agreed from the date of allocation.
Either at the conclusion of the project or initiative or no later than 12 months from the date of allocation, the applicant must provide AFL Europe with the following:
invoice from the Member or Club requesting reimbursement for costs incurred as agreed in the applicationOne
Receipts of original invoices for costs incurred as agreed in the application that equal the amount requested above
A brief written report evaluating the impact of the funding and how it achieved the desired outcomes
5-10 photos / videos / documents / other evidence of the funding being utilised
Examples of any social media / promotion that was created as part of the grant funding
Successful applications may be required to reference AFL Europe and a designated sponsor on any media or social media coverage (including logos) relating to the project or initiative. These requirements will be discussed as part of the grant process and form part of the funding agreement.